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Cinco de Mayo recovery

Sunday, May 06, 2012

So Cinco de Mayo went off quite nicely....and so did movie theater night at The Avengers.

We hit our favorite joint (award winning Pepitos in Destin, FL), got there early (first ones in the door!), and enjoyed their most excellent chips and even better salsa (we always order up a quart to take home with us!) as we perused the menu.

SWMBO went wild, ordering a Margarita to start, then rattled off a list of her favorites to the waiter (flautas, enchillada, and others items from the a la carte menu....yet somehow, she always manages to stay a steady 125 lbs!), #2 son was happy with tacos, and I decided to go for a nice bowl of caldo de pollo.....chicken soup, loaded with veggies, chiles, parsley, and tons of broth. It was good and there was tons of it, so I took home a more than half of it to have later in the the day...worst case, it was a 400 calorie lunch, most of which was due to the tortilla chip appetizers!

#2 son's date night to see the The Avengers went nicely too. We met the girl and her dad at the mall nearby, had dinner at the food court (I had some chicken stir fry & veggies....about 600 calories I guessed), then some popcorn (200 calories?) once we got seated in the theater.

So my previous Quattro de Mayo angst (
) helped pave the way for me to think & plan my way through the fiesta day....and I buttressed the plan with a good hour of cardio & sit-ups at the gym before hitting the movie.

The movie was pretty freaking great! The kids enjoyed it, I enjoyed, and I think the gal's dad enjoyed, but I couldn't really tell....he was demonstrably undemonstrative. I can be quite engaging and personable, but he wasn't really helping out much. He would give one word answers to my most penetrating questions, a simple nod of the head to my funniest stories, and didn't even blink or make a pretense of an offer to split the bill when I got out my credit card to pay for ALL FOUR of our tickets! His only demonstration of affect was a nervous Rainman like banter when he thought we were in the wrong line for the movie (We weren't. I knew because I actually TALKED to someone to get the information!)

So rather than sit next to him at the movie, I put the kids in between us, and surfed on my iPhone during the previews while the kids chatted each other up. I told SWMBO afterwards that she better start making friends with the mom, because I wasn't willing to build too many more bridges with the dad unless he gave signs of meeting me halfway. I think he just possesses an apathetic soul....


Today I had a great morning, sitting on our back deck reading on a beautifully, breezy spring day.

I finished up one book, then started another by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian crime novelist who uses great language, is pretty funny, and makes some great connections to tie up all the many threads in his stories. I finally tore myself away around 3:00 to hit the gym and get a haircut.

A good book, a sunny day, a view of the totally got my mind off the oddities of last night....until I started blogging about it!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SNUZSUZ 5/10/2012 10:14PM

    Loved your story, you told it well:)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/9/2012 4:43PM

    Sounds like it was a great day!

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    Dads are funnier about daughters than sons, he was probably stressed almost to breaking at the thought of Daddy's little girl being grown up enough to date. Maybe he'll come around once he gets more used t the idea.

Was The Avengers good enough to justify a hours drive to a drive in? That's one of the offerings at the drive in here and I've been waiting for something to be worth the trip.

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KAYZAKCX 5/7/2012 3:13PM

    Could've been the other dad was just so freaking nervous he was paralyzed. I've been like that in similar situations However, I learned. Quickly.Don't write him off just yet.Having SWMBO make a relationship with other guy's wife is a good idea. I took my g/f to the Avengers last night. We both really enjoyed it, as well. I wish, though I had seen it Saturday night. My daughter and her sweetie went to see then and we would've ended up in the same theater. Oh, the havoc I could've played.....

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SAFARIBABE 5/7/2012 7:53AM

    Sounds like an interesting guy this girl's dad. At least the daughter seemed to be personable if she was chatting up Son #2. Perhaps you mistook dad for a brick somewhere between dinner and the movies? Anyway, so where's the movie review??? Come on man you're slacking! You always give us the movie reviews. You're the Ebert of Northern Florida!! LOL

Glad you had a good weekend! My mom gave me on of Nesbo's books. I'll have to check it out!! Have a great Monday!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2012 1:52AM

    Ya gotta wonder what's going through the mind of a guy like Other Dad when he can't even pretend to have social graces for his child's sake . . . .
Good job on making the date a success for the kids' sake anyway.

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    Sounds like a good day...besides the other dad. Perhaps it was a one-off day for him?

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    Glad you had a good day! :) Sounds fun! Too bad the dad wasn't very personable though. :)

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Quattro de Mayo angst

Friday, May 04, 2012

Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a big deal for us....basically an excuse to gorge on good Mexican cuisine. It's no use fighting it, it's been a household tradition for years.

On top of that, #2 son is officially on his 1st date tomorrow. He and this gal have been a number for a while and they've finally gathered up the courage to go see a movie together....The Avengers!

We've spoken to the parents and agreed that we'd chaperone, so of course SWMBO told me that if it's The Avengers, that I would be chaperoning....oh, come on and hurt me!

So tomorrow we've got a Mexican meal out, then I'm hanging out with a couple of teenagers eating movie theater popcorn, sodas, and snacks......what could possibly go wrong?!?!

Luckily I was pretty good today. I took the day off to take care of some stuff around the house, then took SWMBO out for some lunch, where I pretty much played therapist as we figured out how to deal with her mom's ever increasing health problems. The dear old woman has always been a prickly pear, but she's getting increasingly crabbier as she gets older....and now she's compounding it by not taking her meds.

So I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to around the house, but helping SWMBO navigate these turbulent waters was well worth it.

I did have one meeting I had to make back in the office around 3:00, and from there I made a beeline for some well-deserved gym time.

So yeah, it feels like tomorrow has potential to be a cheesy, salty day.....I'll try to fit in some early AM cardio to make up for Quesadillas and movie theater popcorn!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 5/6/2012 8:08PM

    At least they are going to a movie that could be interesting for you too. I hear that it is good. Hope everything went well.

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HAKAPES 5/5/2012 4:20PM

    What is Cinco de Mayo?

Thanks for the small talk conversation tips for getting around food! I wish I had read them earlier today, would have made my day easier! But still, I put them into my repertoire, and use them next time.

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SNUZSUZ 5/5/2012 9:48AM

    Sounds like you will have fun, and his first date? how cute is that?

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KAYZAKCX 5/5/2012 12:47AM

    Turbulent waters, indeed. My g/f is going through similar issues with her mom. Glad you could be there for her.

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    Ooooooohhhhh! Sounds fabulous! I have my niece's bridal shower tomorrow so we'll have an afternoon of food and cake. Let's see how THAT goes! :) Have a great weekend!

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An NSV for when the scales don't budge

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

You know a totally under-appreciated NSV is being able to sit back and to see how much fitter you feel after Sparking for a while.

I still like the feeling of seeing a pound or 2 drop on the goddamn-scale (or maybe it's one word: godammscale), but on those loooooong stretches of time when it does not budge or goes up a lb, down a lb, down 2 lbs, back up 3, etc, etc, etc, I try to focus on all sorts of other things; the ever baggier fit of my clothes, the number of Spark fitness minutes I can rack up, the occasional, "you're looking great" comment, the feeling of being far more in control of what used to feel like an out of control lifestyle.

Today I focused on the fact that I feel healthier today, at 52, than I did at 40.....maybe even 30.

I've blogged before about how it's almost a habit now for me to look for opportunities to work out, instead of "making" myself work out (
) and that's a definite plus. Today I decided to try another double workout day....and they both left me feeling friggin' awesome! Driving back from the gym tonight, I looked up and said, “Self, you know, it’s pretty awesome how far you’ve come”

I ducked out at lunch and hit a Hi Intensity spin class. Luckily the whining Sisters of Pain were not there today (
). The surgically enhanced, ultra-buxom instructor had a really good routine (did I mention I like to get in the front row for these classes) chock full of intervals, hill climbs, and all around "work hard for your cardio points" mix. I felt at the top of my game, not just keeping up with the beat, but even pushing the resistance lever all the way to max on a few of the climbs. And though it was physically demanding, I finished with a smile feeling pretty darn strong. Even curvilicious gave me a waggish, "You did great out there today!" bright-eyed smile at the end.

But I still had tons of work waiting for me back at the office!

It being a Wednesday, I had an ST session with trainer guy at 6:00 PM. Now last Friday, I did a lunchtime Hi-Intensity Interval routine, then lifted at night….and Saturday morning, I felt like I had been hit by a train

So today, I was a little cautious as we got ready for our heavy chest & shoulders routine.....

...but it went off like a champ!

There was some measurable progress from even 2 weeks ago, we added some weight on a few exercises and increased the reps on others.

So overall today was about 2.5 hours of solid, quality exercise interrupted by 6 hours of office time.

Which brings me back to the NSV. As bountiful as Spark Guy is awarding fitness minute points (1 point for 5 minutes, really about 1 for 1....these aren't like airline or credit card miles!), I reminded myself how totally cool it is to know I can work out super hard at 2 different types of exercises (cardio and strength training) on the same day and get done feeling pretty darn good.

While not an every day event, that pervasive feeling of fitness and health certainly makes up for the godammscale not budging for weeks at a time!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HAKAPES 5/3/2012 4:28PM

    I'm defineatly on with you with this scale thing.
I check my weigh every day, sort of a control parameter to monitor what's happening.
I wanted to drop 3kg in the last month, but somehow it doesn't move. I know why, I eat more calorie than I burn, so no surprise there.
Good ideas on focusing on other accomplishments, I took some for me! My exercise minutes are way going up. 60 min exercise a day feels just like baseline.

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ARCSPARKS 5/3/2012 12:26PM

    "oday I focused on the fact that I feel healthier today, at 52, than I did at 40.....maybe even 30."

I've come to the same conclusion recently. Ain't it GRRREAT!!? emoticon

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PAULOBRY 5/3/2012 9:23AM

    You're an Ironman!!

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BEATLETOT 5/3/2012 8:45AM

    Love it!

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BILL60 5/3/2012 7:55AM

    You're doing it!! Keep doing it and you're going to be where you were at "20". Super job.

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SAFARIBABE 5/3/2012 2:30AM

    WTG Mighty Warrior!!! Glad your spin class wasn't interrupted by the whiners, but seriously dude....,you really expect your deaf artful followers to believe riding up front has nothing to do with curvalicious spin instructor???? LOL. Have a great night/ Thursday!!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/3/2012 1:37AM

    "So overall today was about 2.5 hours of solid, quality exercise interrupted by 6 hours of office time. "
Love this quote!

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    I'll have to add a couple more doubles in over the summer! Cheers to victories! No matter how big or small. And I'm smiling over the '2.5 quality exercise hours interrupted by 6 hours of work'. Isn't that the truth sometimes.

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Zombie Apocalypse!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I've had an interesting week....busy at work (as always), which makes personal time and family time all the more valuable.

So Saturday I was sore....almost all day long from Friday's double workout of HIIT and ST. Add to that the fact that I felt hungry throughout most of the day, and those two things led me down a very interesting path....more to follow.

I started off with a green smoothie for breakfast, sat outside to read and decided that a) it was a beautifully, sunny spring day, b) Moby Dick is actually much funnier now than when I had to read it in junior high, c) that I probably need to take a rest day from working out (except for push-ups), and d) I was still hungry dammit!

We took a family outing to one of our favorite local joints, all of us in the mood for some crab-cakes and WHAM.....a big sign out front saying they stopped having a Saturday lunch service!! Not good! Once our family lunch train gets rolling with a hankering, it's very hard to re-direct it. SWMBO declared she was up for Mexican before #2 son or I could chime in, so off we went.

I didn't want anything cheesy, gooey, or re-fried, so I ordered up a grilled chicken (no cheese, please) and smothered it with some very nice salsa.

We did a little shopping afterwards, then came home.....where I spied 2 chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread (with just a hint of coconut shreds) tins lying on our doorstep, courtesy of our plump neighbor who loves to bake!

We almost all let out a collective cheer! These 1 lb loaves are absolutely fabuloso. We have told her to cool it with the baked goods gifting, which she has respected quite nicely since XMAS.....but here it is at the end of April already and she just couldn't resist....God bless her!

So here's where yours truly decided to make a decision. I was going to enjoy myself on this beautifully, sunny spring day. I've been working out, eating right, staying late at the office....I was going to have a guilt-free Saturday. "Eat whatever the hell you want," I told myself. "Log it, savor it, get over it, just this one day!"

What did that feel like, you might ask?


I don't need to go into all the gory details, but let's just say that freedom has its price and this one cost me about 3200 calories yesterday! And you know what....while I enjoyed it, I don't want to repeat it.

What I realized though is that that was how I ate limits, constant snacking....and not on the good-for-you stuff, but sugary, salty, buttery chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread (with just a hint of coconut shreds) things.

Today I started out with my normal Spark Sunday routine; coffee, smoothie, news, kindle, etc, etc, etc.

But I knew I needed to do a little more (it was 3200 calories after all) than just hit the gym for some cardio. So I declared that we'd take a family hike on the beach!

We trekked across the no man's land of sand.....

....down to the fishing pier....

....and went off on our own path

We walked for about an hour and never once mentioned chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread!

I hit the gym when we came back and worked up an extra layer of sweat to make up for yesterday's OD. And the crazy thoughts that went through my brain as I revved up the resistance: Work hard now, stay alive later.....when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, you'll look back and miss that nice plump neighbor of ours that baked so well! (she can't run very fast....or ride a bike)

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/1/2012 2:10AM

    You know what we say about hunting here in the North: "You don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than the guy who's with you . . . " Pretty much the same as your situation with the plump baker at Zombie Apocalypse!

Your blog titles never fail to 'hook' me, and I'm never disappointed when I bite : )

No sweat with an occasional calorie overage for a guy who works out the way you do. Enjoy the binge : )

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/1/2012 1:38AM

    Glad to read that the family got out for a little food time together. It is disappointing when one restaurant changes their times and menu....
Love the look of the sandy beach! How nice!

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PROT358 5/1/2012 12:56AM

    Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a full-fledged, off the wagon pigfest. I think I'd feel so gassy, bloated, and weighted I could hardly move. Your beach walk looks lovely! I think I might live vicariously a little ... but those cupcakes should come with a warning!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/30/2012 5:19PM

    emoticon You always make me laugh, it is a great way to communicate your ideas and make them stay with us! Isn't it great to be able to overeat for a day and then realize this isn't what you want anymore, that you are over it? And that your healthy habits and healthy foods are now what you crave? Woohoo! Fantastic!

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ARCSPARKS 4/30/2012 9:03AM

    And here it was I thought with the title Zombie Apocalypse! somewhere in your cheat day you would have gone for a Twinkie! But no mention of one! So I downgrade your blog to 4+ from a 5! LOL!


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JENN03275 4/30/2012 6:02AM

    Lol! I so love this blog, made me laugh !! Having your nice plump neighbor will give you a head start as the zombies will be busy for a while. Glad you enjoyed your eating day. We all need them now and again. I feel that if you are truly starving/hungry you should just eat. Our bodies will tell us what it needs. Our bodies, though studied to death, are still a mysterious machine!!

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KAYZAKCX 4/30/2012 2:37AM

    Your Saturday sounds like my Sunday. Monday will be my day to pay the piper.

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WIZKEY 4/30/2012 12:18AM

    LOL, Now every time I conquer a fitness goal I'm going to think "Take that zombies!!"
Thanks for the post!!

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    Seriously!! This blog. 1 day is where I should have stopped as well. Good job on stopping the madness! All the freedom is not worth the price of misery and a sore stomach. Funny how the tummy ache doesn't go away with repeated offensive behaviour for a full weekend. Tummy aches won't help the zombie apocalypse. Fast speed and strength will emoticon

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REBECCATKD 4/29/2012 9:44PM

    Love those zombie cupcakes! Glad you had a great day.

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/29/2012 9:41PM

    Rule #1 is cardio. Burn off those calories and the pushups will help with the upper body strength required for beheading the undead hordes. It's a good thing I'm not fond of chocolate chips or I might have found myself scrounging in the cupboard for baked goods (plus I would have had to do the baking which is nit a favorite activity).

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SAFARIBABE 4/29/2012 9:15PM

    ROFLMAO!!!! You can always put a great spin on things....even going over your cals!! But you're IS one day. And you have a lifetime of "one days" ahead of you to make healthier choices!! Just keep doing what you're're a great inspiration!!

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ADEWYN 4/29/2012 8:37PM

    LOL..... Love it !! good for you!!

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How do you spell relief?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How do you spell relief?

For me it was successful visit by my CEO....who just left today!

It was a great visit, but getting everything ready these past few weeks, especially as much as I've been on the road, has been pretty taxing. Add to that the fact that he was bringing his wife along, meant that SWMBO had a whole social agenda to put together for the 2 day visit as well.

Now I've known him for about 8 years....he actually ran my division way back then, and has obviously moved on to bigger and better things.

But there's nothing like a visit by the boss of all bosses to focus the mind as we got ready to give him a deep dive into all the different moving parts of the business.

SWMBO took his wife around town for a quick tour of the Emerald Coast while we were holed up with him in meetings all day. Then we hosted a reception for both of them last night.....and put them on their jet home early this morning


Overall it went great....I had him do a "town hall" with all our folks as well, which went over quite nicely.

So today I was especially glad to hit the gym at the end of the day for a nice bout of circuit training!

And some even better news is, I wrestled my schedule under control this afternoon as well. I cancelled a couple of trips these next few weeks, so lo and behold, I might be home for almost 3 weeks straight!

I told trainer guy that since we'll have so much continuity, to plan on putting some magick into our routines these next few weeks....change it up, pump it up, let's take it up a notch!

More to follow.....have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 4/29/2012 10:23AM

    I hope your three weeks at home is successful and you don't get pulled away for travel!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/27/2012 10:32AM

    Glad to read it all went well!

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SUZIEMAH1 4/26/2012 9:24AM

    Glad your boss' visit went well and I can just imagine how good you felt when everything went so smoothly.

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CARLYG8 4/26/2012 8:43AM

    Glad that the visit went well. And I give you much kudos for not taking the next three weeks as "down time" thinking that because everything has been so stressful, you can relax a little during you found three weeks. Bumping up your workouts and planning your free time activities shows that your head is in the right place. Good job!!!

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BEATLETOT 4/26/2012 8:17AM

    Great news! Glad he had a nice visit!

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